The United Kingdom (UK) is often a 'first choice' country for many immigrants and 26.5% of births in the UK are to foreign born women. We have a lot of evidence of showing that immigrant women receive poor maternity care and have higher maternal and infant death rates.
This study, led by Professor Gina Higginbottom and funded by NIHR HS&DR programme, employs a narrative synthesis (NS) approach. This means we will identify and integrate findings from all types of research evidence, examining access and interventions that improve maternity care for immigrant women. We will review all forms of research evidence.
NS enables us to take a comprehensive approach to understanding the wide range of factors which impact upon access to maternity care for immigrant women and identify which interventions provide the best quality of care.
This integrated evidence will enable us to make recommendations about the development and organisation of maternity care services and interventions. Narrative Synthesis:
Gina is the Mary Seacole Professor of Ethnicity and Community Health and is an international expert on ethnic minority populations and immigrant health and maternity.
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